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Why do you need to degauss a hard drive disk when you can just smash it with a hammer?

I was lookng into getting a magnetic degausser to wipe my hard drive clean, but can't I just smash the HD disk into little pieces and throw it away in two or three separate garbage bags?
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  1. If what you have is that important, just take the platters out and smash them in to pieces. No one is rebuilding a platter that's in a couple hundred pieces and getting data off of it. What the heck would you have on a drive that you need to resort to any of this is beyond me though.
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    Yep much easier that way. Since your breaking it anyway there is a magnet inside you can then wipe over the platter face for good measure.

    Just personal curiosity but is there any particular reason you are destroying the drives and not just using them somewhere else?
  3. It all depends on what condition you want it in after.

    To put in a PC and sell? Wipe it, and reinstall an OS.
    To just throw it away? Fridge magnet donor, and toss the rest of it.
  4. Traciatim said:
    If what you have is that important, just take the platters out and smash them in to pieces. No one is rebuilding a platter that's in a couple hundred pieces and getting data off of it. What the heck would you have on a drive that you need to resort to any of this is beyond me though.
  5. Thank you so much for your help. The computer I have is very old and does not work anymore. It has been sitting around my house for years because I don't know how to get rid of the hard drive -- other than paying $25.00 or so to get the HD erased at a computer store. (I also read that the software programs don't erase everything). I tried re-installing the System but I just get a black screen...nothing. I figure it is broken for good and so I'd better destroy the HD. I am obviously not a "tech head" - as you may have guessed, and so I never thought that I could re-use the HD. I bet there are a lot of folks out there like me who have computers and laptops stored away in their closet not knowing or not wanting to deal with this.
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